Homeland Security Expert Joins AMEC

26/05/2002


(May 2, 2002, Denver, CO) Homeland security and environmental risk scientist Laurel H. Pye has joined the international engineering and environmental services firm AMEC.

Pye will operate from AMEC's Earth & Environmental office in Denver but will help other AMEC offices throughout the western U.S. attend to the homeland security needs of their transportation, energy, manufacturing and water resources clients. AMEC operates western U.S. offices in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Pye brings more than 20 years of experience in environmental risk analysis to AMEC. She is familiar with federal regulations and plans governing homeland security, emergency preparedness, hazard mitigation and environmental protection and also has an in-depth understanding of environmental risk issues pertaining to acts of terrorism or accidents involving nuclear, biological and chemical materials. Most recently, Pye initiated homeland security projects for URS.

The hiring was praised by Larry Wilcox, chief executive of the Center for Preparedness and Training, Inc., who has worked with Pye on past projects. "Laurel's addition greatly expands AMEC's strengths in the fast-evolving field of homeland security," Wilcox said. "She brings rare skills in risk analysis and vulnerability assessment that will help AMEC enhance the physical security of its clients."

Pye has a BA degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Colorado, an MA in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and graduate studies in Geochemistry/Geobotany/Toxicology from the Colorado School of Mines.

AMEC operates 90 Earth & Environmental offices in North America and abroad that specialize in geotechnical, environmental, water resources and materials engineering. Projects have included assistance with the emergency recovery operations at both the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as well as work to prepare for the building of a 1,900-foot bypass bridge to alleviate security concerns at Hoover Dam.

AMEC offers a wide variety of services designed to reduce the impact of terrorist acts and natural disasters. Services range from facility vulnerability evaluations to the protection of industrial and public ventilation systems and water supplies. Current projects include evaluation of early-warning systems at nuclear power plants; development of a disaster-response network for a major railroad; preparation of emergency-response plans for a major software company; and drinking-water security assessments for several municipalities.

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